Australian Medical Liability, 3rd edition

A comprehensive handbook focusing on medical liability in the context of the civil liability legislation across Australia.

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ISBN/ISSN: 9780409345926

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This thoroughly revised third edition provides a detailed and in depth commentary on the elements of medical liability legislation. Australian Medical Liability follows the structure of a medical negligence claim through duty, breach and causation, ensuring its practicality as a resource for the busy practitioner and the interested student. In addition to the key case decisions from the second edition, this third edition of Australian Medical Liability includes new chapters on consent, expert evidence and a commentary on claims under consumer laws.


  • Specialist text specifically dealing with medical liability law
  • Written by highly respected medical liability lawyers

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Table of contents

Part A – Introduction

  1. Framework of Australian Medical Liability

  2. Consent to Medical Treatment and Trespass to the Person

Part B – Duty

  1. Duties regarding Informed Consent

  2. Duties to Patients regarding Treatment

  3. Duties to Non-Patients and Third Parties

  4. Duties to Disclose Error

  5. Vicarious Liability and Non-Delegable Duties

Part C – Breach and Defences

  1. Breach of Duty in Informed Consent Cases

  2. Breach of Duty in Treatment Cases

  3. Breach of Duty in Treatment Cases - Case Examples

  4. Public Authorities

  5. Apologies

  6. Good Samaritans

  7. Intoxication

  8. Contributory Negligence

Part D – Causation

  1. Causation in Informed Consent Cases

  2. Causation in Treatment Cases

  3. Loss of Chance

Part E – Special Categories

  1. Wrongful Birth Claims

  2. Intentional Acts with Intent to Cause Harm, Sexual Assault and Sexual Misconduct

Part F – Related Issues

  1. Confidentiality and Litigation

  2. Expert Evidence

  3. Medical Treatment and the Coroner

  4. Medical Treatment and Professional Conduct